June is a great time to come to Paris. The warmer weather has arrived and the parks and gardens the perfect spots to enjoy the summer sunshine. Here are some of the events to enjoy this summer in Paris!
Carnaval Tropical de Paris
4-5 June 2016
Summer is the perfect time to go tropical during the Carnaval Tropical de Paris, a colorful and fun parade starting at the Place de la Nation and continuing through the streets of the 11th arrondissement back to the starting point. The costumes, music and atmosphere are very lively and it’s a memorable event to experience in Paris.
We Love Green Festival
4-5 June 2016
This two-day festival explores and celebrates the green lifestyle in the beautifully forested Parc de Bagatelle. Two stages will feature a fantastic line up of folk, pop and electronic performances on both days and the event is as environmentally friendly as possible. This festival has sold out in previous years so if you plan on attending be sure to book your tickets early!
Fete du Velo
5 June 2016
If you're looking for a two-wheel adventure, hire a Vélib bicycle and join thousands of cyclists as they pedal to the centre of Paris for a huge picnic celebration. Bicycles are available for hire at dozens of locations throughout Paris and can be picked up and returned at different locations. For more information on the public bicycle system please visit www.velib.paris.fr. Event information can be found online.
Champs-Elysées Film Festival
7-14 June 2016
This annual film festival showcases American films and documentaries in a number of categories on one of Paris' most beautiful avenues.
Paris Jazz Festival
11 June – 31 July 2016
Why not to enjoy free concerts on a warm summer day at the Parc Floral de Paris? The Paris Jazz Festival offers up another calendar of excellent jazz shows for 2016. Concerts are free with the admission to the park, which is accessible via public transport. Take the Métro to Château de Vincennes (1) or the RER line A to Vincennes.
Address: Route de la Pyramides, 75012 PARIS
The Chopin Festival Begins in Paris
18 June – 14 July 2016
The Chopin Society once again presents its tribute to one of the world’s great romantic composers, Frederick Chopin, at the annual Chopin Festival. The setting at the lovely Orangerie in the Parc de Bagatelle is ideal for hearing recitals of the composer’s work performed by hundreds of musicians from around the world. Music lovers won’t want to miss this festival showcasing Chopin’s works in a magical setting!
Fete de la Musique
21 June 2016
Launched in 1982, the Fête de la Musique, also called World Music Day around the world, takes place on the longest day of the year and celebrates music in all its forms. In Paris, live bands present free concerts throughout the city. The celebrations take on a carnival feel and offer visitors a chance to join in the fun at locations across Paris.
Summer Sales Start in Paris!
22 June – 2 August 2016
Just before Parisians head out of town for the traditional August vacation period, summer sales arrive so they can it the beach in style! The annual summer sales—called Les Soldes in French—are one of the best parts of visiting Paris in late June and July. Pack a pair of comfortable walking shoes and get ready for a fabulous bargain hunt!
If you’re hitting the Paris summer sales this year, check out our Tips for Snagging the Best Buy & Surviving the Sales. For more information and insider shopping tips, visit our Paris Shopping Guide
LGBT Pride March (Gay Pride)
26 June 2016
This year on June 26th the Paris Gay Pride Parade will take the streets by storm in one of the year's most festive and colorful events. The parade will start near the Montparnarsse-Bienvenue Métro station in the 15th arrondissement and will make its way through the city to the Place de la Bastille for a huge street party.
Fete du Cinema
26-29 June 2016
Cinema lovers are in for a treat in late June during the Fête du Cinéma when films in Paris can been seen for a reduced fee of only a few euros after buying one regularly priced ticket. If you love movies, it’s a fun and cultural way to spend a summer evening in Paris!